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Alternate fuel is a big thing at the Auto Expo 2023, and along with electrics, there were a bunch of flex-fuel motorcycles displayed. Here’s a lowdown on the ethanol-sipping products showcased at the Auto Expo 2023:
Honda XRE 300
The Japanese dual-sport motorcycle sports a 291cc, air-/oil-cooled, single-cylinder engine pumping out 25.6PS and 27Nm. This engine can take an ethanol blend ranging between 20 to 85 percent, and this flex-fuel model also makes 0.2PS and 0.4Nm more than the petrol-powered counterpart. Check out this story for more details.
TVS Apache RTR 160 4V
The Indian bikemaker shelved the RTR 200 E100 project to make a flex-fuel version of the popular 160cc motorcycle. This bike continues to dish out the same 17.55PS and 14.73Nm as the petrol bike, and runs on E20-E85 blend. This story gives you more details about the bike.
Yamaha showcased its Brazil-spec FZ-FI at the Expo. Called the Fazer FZ-15 in the South American market, it can run on E20 blend and even 100 percent ethanol. Check out this story to see if there are any changes to the performance.
Bajaj Pulsar N160
The Indian marque, too, showcased its flex-fuel Pulsar N160. However, compared to the petrol-powered counterpart, the performance is different. This story gives all the details on the flex-fuel Pulsar.
Suzuki Gixxer 250 FFV
The Japanese bikemaker’s stand didn’t have anything exciting, but the company had its flex-fuel-powered, quarter-litre Gixxer. Interestingly, the bike is exactly the same as the petrol-powered Gixxer 250.
Hero Glamour XTec
Hero’s top trim of the popular Glamour too gets the flex-fuel treatment. But in its pursuit of the greener fuel, the commuter has gained weight. This one runs on E20-E85 ethanol blend.
According to the National Policy on Biofuels, India plans on blending 20 per cent ethanol in automotive petrol by 2025. So, we expect to see more of these flex-fuel bikes in the coming years.